For four days, a group of visiting Tibetan
monks created a sand mandala in Clark College’s Cannell Library. From memory, they recreated a pattern called
“Buddha of Compassion,” which is believed to bring compassion to our entire region. On the final day, the monks sweep up the sand
mandala, which is meant to symbolize the impermanence of existence. Some of the sand gets scattered into a nearby
river, but most of it is given to people who have witnessed this ceremony.